ESL Games and Activities

Three Keys

Subject: Spelling


Skills: Reading, Speaking, Writing

Level: Beginner

Recommended Age: 10+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players

Time: 20-25 minutes

Place: Classroom

Equipment: A black- or whiteboard

Materials: A piece of chalk or a marker

Preliminary Preparation (5-7 minutes).

1. Think of a long word, e.g. 'grandmother'.

2. Make three new words from its letters, e.g.: orange, heart and garden.

Immediate Preparation (3-5 minutes).

1. If possible, arrange the game participants so that they are sitting or standing in a sem-circle in front of the board.

2. Write 'three keys' on the board and tell the students to guess the original word. The player, who guesses the word, gets one point.

3. Tell each player to think of a long word and make 'three keys' from its letters in their notebook. Allow the students a reasonable amount of time for completing this task. 

How to Play. When everyone has finished, bring the class to order. Afterwards, invite Player А to come to the board and to lead the second round by your example. Then it is Player B, whose turn to lead the following round and so on. The game continues around the circle as long as all the original words have been revealed. At the end of the activity, the number of points, accumulated by each participant during the whole competition, is counted up. The player, who gets the most points in total, becomes the winner of the game.